“First World Problems: Different Kinds of Trials”
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): What is your favorite sandwich?
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- We learned this weekend about four different kinds of trials we experience – God given discipline (due to our sin), enemy attack, enemy resistance (because we are taking territory spiritually), and fallen world issues (because the world doesn’t work right). Were any of these new for you? Which kind of trial have you experienced the most in your life?
- DEVELOPING OTHERS: Remember that both the Enemy and God have plans for the trials that we experience. What does the Enemy want to accomplish in our trials? What does God want to accomplish?
- SHEPHERDING: What has helped you stay grounded in the Lord when you are in the midst of trial?
- ACCOUNTABILITY: Two Options Below – choose what is best for your group.
- A discussion about taking refuge in the Lord: Turn in your Bibles to Psalm 34. As we read, think about what God wants you to hear the most tonight in your trial? [Read then discuss…you might need a few readers with 22 verses]
- A discussion about how to go to war spiritually: Has there ever been a time when you felt under attack by the Enemy? What have you learned about “going to war” spiritually and who taught you how to go to war? [Assign the following verses to different people in your group and have your group look for specific beliefs that are essential for us to go to war spiritually.] Turn in your Bibles to 1 John 4:1-4; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Luke 10:17-20; John 16:33; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Chronicles 20:15b,17. [Read then discuss – encourage learning from each other about how to war]
- What trials are you facing this week? How can our group “go to war” with you in Jesus’ name?
Question #5 can easily inform your prayer time as a group. As you pray, stretch your group to not just pray the request back to God but pray with your God-given authority over the Enemy, trials, and this world. Consider laying hands on each other when you pray. This might need to be modeled by you first.